How they met: Couple credit nudge from each of their older sisters - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1:00 am / Updated at 11:32 am
How they met: Couple credit nudge from each of their older sisters

Nick and Annette Weidle know how helpful a big sister can be.

Each has an older sister who connected them four decades ago when Nick was in veterinary school at Kansas State University and Annette was starting her accounting career in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Annette grew up in Scottsdale and attended Arizona State University. Nick grew up in Kansas.

Their sisters worked together in Scottsdale and hatched a plan to fix up their siblings.

So when Nick visited Scottsdale in summer 1973, the sisters set up their siblings on a blind date.

Nick and Annette, who now live in Omaha, met for dinner and had a nice time chatting, but there wasn’t any magic.

Nick returned to Scottsdale later that summer, and he and Annette went out to dinner again. Each thought the other was nice, but the timing wasn’t right for a relationship.

Fast-forward two years.

Nick had finished veterinary school and was working at a clinic in the mountains of eastern Arizona. Annette was still in Scottsdale, and her accounting career was going well.

On a cold and snowy night, Nick was feeling lonely and began thinking about Annette.

He still had her number, and gave her a call.

Annette was surprised by the call. She figured that after their ho-hum dates, she’d never hear from him again.

They decided they’d like to give it another try, so Nick soon made the four-hour drive to visit Annette in Scottsdale.

They went out dancing, and Nick and Annette started clicking.

This time they were at a point in their lives when they were interested in a relationship. So, over the next six months, Nick drove to Scottsdale nearly every week, and they fell in love.

In 1976, Nick took a job with a veterinary clinic in the Scotts­dale area, so he and Annette were able to see a lot of each other.

Halloween of 1976 turned out to be an important night for them.

They started the night at a party. It was an election year, and Annette wore a peanut costume in honor of Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter, a former peanut farmer. Nick wore a “Dole” banana costume to represent Republican vice presidential candidate Bob Dole.

Nick and Annette got a prize for their costumes, but the night got better — Nick proposed.

The couple were married Jan. 22, 1977, at a Catholic church in Scottsdale.

They have two sons and will celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary this month.

Their sisters are still friends and have always been glad that their matchmaking worked.

But Annette knows their sisters didn’t do it alone.

“God blessed us,’’ she said.

Contact the writer: Michael O'Connor

michael.oconnor@owh.com    |   402-444-1122    |  

Michael is a general assignment reporter for the Living section, covering a mix of topics including human interest stories.

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